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This Month

  • PTR International Tennis Symposium

  • NGI News

  • USTA-Industry Shows Growth

  • UTR-U.S. Pro Tennis Series

  • USPTA-Endorses Padel-U by adidas

  • Got It-Internal Dialog Mental App

  • USA Gymnastics-Partners TeachAids

  • USTA-Fulfills Funding Commitments

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will host its premier coach education event - the PTR International Tennis Symposium - February 9-11 as a virtual event.

- Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will host its premier coach education event - the PTR International Tennis Symposium - February 9-11 as a virtual event. The PPR Virtual Pickleball Conference will be kicking off the week, on Monday, February 8 (attendees can add access to the PPR Pickleball Virtual Conference for an additional registration fee).

 

The virtual conference platform provides multiple avenues for attendees to network and interact with speakers, tradeshow vendors and other attendees like never before.

 

With over 50 confirmed speakers on the list, topics and pathways range from business to coaching, junior to performance, adaptive tennis to sports science. The PTR Virtual Symposium will also include several Spanish presentations.

 

A few of the confirmed speakers include:

 

Jim Courier

Dr. Anne Pankhurst

Simon Wheatley

Mark Tennent

Martin Blackman

Dr. Meetah Singh

Corey Gauff

Dr. Mark Kovacs

Carl Maes

Emma Doyle

Dr. Jim Loehr

Dean Hollingworth

Dr. Michelle Cleere

Mike Barrell

Sarah McQuade

 

Register today by clicking HERE.

 

www.ptrtennis.org  |  843-785-7244

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In Celebration of the Christmas holiday and the New Year, NGI Sports will be closing our offices as of December 18th, 2020, and will re-open on Monday, January 4th, 2021.

NGI Sports is looking forward to and eagerly anticipating the new year.  We are optimistic regarding the end of the pandemic, allowing us to once more stay in close contact with our clients. With the many new projects being specified for the new year, we expect 2021 to be another exciting year, but in a different way! 

Although 2020 was a challenge for everyone, we would like to thank all of our customers for helping to make it another banner year for our “Overlay Renovation Technology”.

Looking ahead, we are pleased and excited to announce our new website which will be launched this month (January 2021).  Efforts to update our website have been spearheaded by our VP of Marketing Mike Burke. The website updates will include a fresh look, easier navigation, better organization and structure.

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TENNIS INDUSTRY SHOWS GROWTH IN FACE OF PANDEMIC

 

People are Turning to Tennis as the Ideal Social Distancing Sport

to Remain Active, Healthy, and Social

 

Entry-level Racquet Sales are Up in Q3 ’19 v Q3 ’20,

a Sign that New Players are Beginning to Play

The USTA announced that recent data and information surrounding racquet sales and participation have shown that the tennis industry has shown strength amid the pandemic.

 

According to the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Quarterly USA Wholesale Equipment Census, racquet sales in the entry-level category have seen significant growth in Q3 ’20 v Q3 ’19.  This coincides with the timing that much of the country began to open for business following the initial wave of COVID-19.  The increase is seen in both the youth and adult demographics, with shipments for youth racquets having seen an increase of 40.9% and shipments of adult racquets under $50 (entry-level) seeing an increase of 43.3%.  For all price points, racquet shipments are up 37.7% in that same time period.

 

In addition, the Physical Activity Council has reported that participation has increased to 10.08% of the U.S. population playing tennis in Q3 ’20 v 6.75% in Q3 ’19, an increase of 49.33%.  This number falls in line with the increases in racquet unit shipments.

 

“At the start of the pandemic, the USTA, along with its industry partners, took significant steps to ensure the viability of the tennis industry, making impactful financial commitments and providing resources to those being hit incredibly hard by this crisis,” said Mike Dowse, USTA Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Director. “We are now seeing the outcome of putting those measures into place, with tennis surging.  The numbers show that people are turning to tennis at this time, both newcomers and those returning to the game they love, as it is the ideal social distancing sport and gives them the opportunity to stay healthy and active in a safe manner.  There is no question that many of the facilities and providers across the country went through difficult times during this pandemic, but we believe that these trends will help to bring players out to their courts, as more people are coming into the game.”

 

In March, the USTA announced the creation of Tennis Industry United, a collaboration of the USTA, TIA, USPTA, PTR, ITA, ATA, major endemic media partners, and others, which was charged with assessing overall industry needs and making recommendations for how to best assist industry sectors in need of help, in the face of COVID-19. The following month, in April, after the first phase was completed and information had been collected and analyzed, the USTA committed to $50 million in spending to provide relief for those areas most greatly affected.  This included $35 million committed to community tennis programming, $5 million in facility grants, $5 million in NJTL chapter support through the USTA Foundation, $2.5 million in Certified tennis Teaching Professional Grants, and a variety of other services and resources to help local tennis programs, facilities, and workers continue to remain viable throughout, and following this pandemic.  These efforts have continued, with a focus on providing resources, information, and assistance for its constituents. 

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 655,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking six summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. For more information about the USTA, go to USTA.com or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

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UNIVERSAL TENNIS BRINGS THE UTR PRO TENNIS SERIES TOUR TO THE UNITED STATES

Tour Offers Aspiring Pros Opportunities with Innovative Format, 

40 Events Totalling Over $1M in Prize Money Planned in the United States for 2021

Universal Tennis (“UT”) (MyUTR.com) today announced the launch of the UTR Pro Tennis Series Tour in the United States. As part of its three-year global UTR Pro Tennis Series Tour investing over $20M and enabling 140 worldwide annual events, it will feature 40 events (men and women) in select venues across the USA in 2021.  Each event will provide a minimum of $20,000 in player prize money and create more opportunities for elite junior, collegiate, and pro players.

 

The UTR Pro Tennis Series Tour offers an innovative format, providing aspiring pro players with more opportunities to compete, improve their game, and support themselves with prize money.  All events will be single-gender, singles only, entry based on Universal Tennis Rating (UTR), and feature a 32 player group round-robin followed by a World Cup-style playoff format. This format guarantees more player competition and results will count for UTR, the world’s most accurate global tennis rating system. 

 

“As part of our mission to support all facets of tennis, the UTR Pro Tennis Series Tour is founded on our desire to create a development tour to support elite players, coaches, organizers, and Federations worldwide. The UTR Pro Tennis Series Tour will create more opportunities for aspiring professional players with UTR rankings of 200 to 2000 globally to compete and earn a living while working their way up to the highest level pro tours,” said Mark Leschly, Universal Tennis Chairman and CEO.

 

The USTA has collaborated with Universal Tennis as it relates to scheduling to ensure that these events are complementary to the competitive calendar. The Series will kick off with 15 events for men and women before the end of the first quarter of 2021 alone and will be held at four marquee venues across the United States. More events and locations will be announced shortly.

 

“At Charleston Tennis, it’s a guiding principle to support the game of tennis from recreational and junior players through to the highest levels of professional tennis. The UTR Pro Tennis Series Tour will fill a valuable role by providing eager, talented players additional opportunities for high-level competitive match play and at the same time the ability to earn a better living.  We applaud Universal Tennis for identifying a need and are thrilled that this partnership will allow us to be part of the solution,” said Bob Moran, President Charleston Tennis LLC.

Locations and dates for upcoming UTR Pro Tennis Series events are as follows:

 

Naples, FL: Sanchez-Casal Academy

December 14, 2020 - Men

January 4, 2021- Women

January 11 - Men

January 18 - Men

March 8 - Men

 

Newport Beach, CA: The Tennis Club at Newport Beach

January 4 - Men

January 11 - Women

January 18 - Women

January 25 - Women

 

Las Vegas, NV: Darling Tennis Center

February 8 - Women

February 15 - Women

February 22 - Men

March 1 - Men

 

Charleston, SC: LTP Academy 

March 1- Women

March 8- Women

 

For more information on the UTR Pro Tennis Series Tour, calendar, prize money, event format, and to register for events, please visit https://www.myutr.com/pts.  

About UTR Pro Tennis Series Tour (UTR PTS)

UTR PTS is launching starting January 1, 2021, with a three-year commitment of over $20M to support tennis globally with prize money, venue support, technology, logistics, and opportunity.  

 

Universal Tennis initiated the UTR Pro Tennis Series in the Spring/Summer of 2020 in an effort to promote safe competition in players’ home countries as ATP/WTA and ITF events were canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited about our expanded initiative and have received interest and enthusiasm from nations and partners around the world.

 

The Pro Tennis Series is founded to create a development tour to support players, coaches, organizers, and Federations worldwide. Over the last six months, Universal Tennis has worked through the challenges created by COVID to develop a global tour to provide safe, local opportunities for developing players to compete and earn revenue.  We have established rules, guidelines, and protocols while building the technology to streamline operations, limiting personnel on-site for safety purposes, and cut costs to pass savings on in prize money to the players.  With reduced opportunities leading to higher cutoffs in futures and challengers, players are left looking for options that are becoming increasingly difficult to find.  We have an opportunity together to help those players and create an infusion of capital and matches to support the tennis ecosystem making it additive and complementary to other current and future efforts.

 

About Universal Tennis

The mission of Universal Tennis is to make tennis more affordable, accessible, and fun for all players, regardless of age, gender, level, and socioeconomic status. The UTR Engagement Platform is anchored by the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Powered by Oracle, the world’s most accurate singles and doubles tennis rating system; and provides the tools and solutions to make the Universal Tennis Rating relevant and valuable to players, coaches, and organizers in their local domain. Universal Tennis is creating opportunities and pathways for players from all over the world, in all stages of life, to find better matches and unlock a more fun and flexible tennis experience. Go to MyUTR.com to sign up, activate your player profile, and join the global tennis community. Watch our video and visit us on social @MyUTR

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The Racquet Sports Industry Joins Together For The Growth Of Padel In The USA

The USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association),Inc., the USPA (United States Padel Association), All Racquet Sports and adidas Padel announce a partnership to endorse and officially recognize PADEL-U by adidas. The support of two of the main Racquet Sports associations in the United States is a great step forward for adidas Padel. With this agreement, the PADEL CERTIFICATION program of PADEL-U by adidas becomes the first certification with official recognition and endorsement for Padel coaches in the United States.

This international focus is part of the DNA of adidas padel to grow the sport around the world and this partnership is a big example of that. The growth of Padel is now a reality and the sport is on its way to explosive growth in the United States.

According to Lee Sponaugle, President of All Racquet Sports, padel is the perfect complement to tennis and the other racquet sports in the US. Beginning a sport with a unified approach to teaching and certifying racquet sports professionals is a key to success and growth.

Marcos del Pilar, International Director of PADEL-U by adidas, firmly believes education is one of the keys to grow padel all over the world and to guarantee the health of the sport in the long term. “By working together with these associations, we want to lead by example and join forces for the immediate development of the sport in the USA.”

 

PADEL-U by adidas is the certification and training worldwide division and is 100% focused on coaches, facilities and players experience. It is an improved evolution of the AFP Academy, which was born in 2018 strengthening the 360º concept of adidas Padel that represents its values and its hallmark. With this ALL FOR PADEL concept, the official licensee of adidas Padel worldwide, the international development of the sport will come by offering a complete proposal including court building, certifications and training for coaches and padel accessories. 

 

All Racquet Sports has already hosted 11 certification padel courses in North America and the Caribbean. Since the first certification in 2018, over 65 coaches have been certified in Houston, Arkansas, Las Vegas, Miami, Philadelphia, the Bahamas and Tampa, where the next certification will take place at the beginning of December.

 

Padel came to the United States in 1993, when the first court was built in a luxury hotel in Houston, Texas. Since then and with the support of the USPA and the guidance of the FIP (International Padel Federation), the sport has grown steadily. The objective of the United States Padel Association is to seek diversity in racquet sports, taking padel to all corners of the country and demonstrating, among other things, the social component that makes it so fun to play. 

 

In the words of USPA President, Sergio Ortiz Tangassi: “This alliance that we are forming is just an example of many great things to come in the near future, with our main objective to help padel grow in the U.S.. All padel enthusiasts in this country need to have the same objectives and strive to move the sport in the same direction.”

A consistent approach to training teaching professionals is the bedrock to the growth of a sport. The USPTA is a trade association with more than 90 years of history as a world leader in professional development and certification of tennis professionals. With more than 14,000 members worldwide and 17 divisions across the country, its primary goal is to elevate the standards of tennis coaches and teaching professionals.

John Embree, USPTA CEO and Executive Director, welcomes Padel to the USA and firmly supports the growth of the sport. “This Padel partnership supports our vision statement to deliver the highest level of educational tools and programs that enhance the livelihoods of our members and to create career opportunities within the racquet sports industry.”

This partnership represents a giant step for the growth of the sport in the United States. Adidas Padel helps lead the industry as the sport continues its growth to over 20 million players around the world in 90 countries.

 

About the USPTA: Founded in 1927, the USPTA is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development. With more than 14,000 members worldwide and 17 divisions nationwide, the Association’s mission is to raise the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches and to promote a greater awareness of the sport.

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Got it Internal Dialog Mental App

Build mental toughness in COVID-time acting as your own mental coach

(anytime, with comfort & full privacy)

Armen Arustamov

Armen Arustamov is a former pro tennis player, Psychologist, and Co-founder of a Tennis Academy in Orlando, Florida. He is also the Founder of GOT IT - the Personal Mental Guide in the pocket of an athlete, a mobile app with a Q&A algorithm to simulate an Internal Dialog with oneself like having a conversation with another person. Armen says, "We help athletes overcome their mental difficulties & win competitions."

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Got it Internal Dialog Mental App allows athletes act as their own mental coach: Anytime, with full Privacy, with full Knowledge own situation (better than any professional or service). It helps athletes overcome their mental problems & develop mental toughness in Social Isolation COVID-time.

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We will teach people to conduct internal dialog distancing from oneself & help themselves mentally anytime & anywhere. We will add AI to analyze & select the best Q&A-algorithm to get insights & new vision on their situation that they didn't get before.

The method was created by an international group of professional psychologists and professional athletes led by Armen Arustamov, a psychologist from Lomonosov Moscow State University, former pro tennis player & сo-founder of a Tennis Academy in Florida.

The method used in the App was not publicly available and was only used for training National Olympic Teams, Military Special Forces & Astronauts.

HOW DO WE DIFFERENTIATE OURSELF?

 

Our main competitors are working like a Youtube channel: with pre-recorded video /audio lessons with no interaction with users & no control of their progress. Nobody does internal dialog with interactive dynamic content & the opportunity to act as your own mental coach. Our user is creating the content of the App while using the App.

App prototype: https://youtu.be/gzn5PuoVMVg

 

Pitch Deck: https://rb.gy/x2qyzk

 

Website: https://www.gotit.life/

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USA Gymnastics to provide members cutting-edge concussion
education resources through partnership with TeachAids

USA Gymnastics has announced a new partnership with nonprofit education innovator TeachAids to provide members access to CrashCourse materials as part of the organization’s commitment to athlete health and wellness.
 

CrashCourse content, which was created in collaboration with more than 100 medical and sport industry experts, is designed to improve understanding and awareness of concussions among young athletes. The curriculum utilizes state-of-the-art technology and interactive features to appeal to and engage young people as they learn how to identify and respond to concussion injuries. The curriculum is unique not only in its visual technology but also in that it speaks from the athlete’s perspective on the importance of reporting a concussion to a coach, athletic trainer, or parent.


“The safety and well-being of our athletes is our top priority,” said Kim Kranz, USA Gymnastics Chief of Athlete Wellness. “Partnering with industry experts, such as TeachAids, allows us to provide our members essential education resources to help keep athletes safe, and we are thrilled to add the technology and unique perspective of CrashCourse concussion awareness and response training to the library of educational materials available to our community.”
 

“We are proud to work with the leadership at USA Gymnastics on this important issue,” said Dr. Piya Sorcar, founder and CEO of TeachAids. “It is critical to educate our athletes about this invisible injury across all sports. USA Gymnastics is leading by example!”

USA Gymnastics

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States, encompassing seven disciplines: women’s gymnastics, men’s gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics, gymnastics for all (a.k.a. group gymnastics), and, most recently, parkour. USA Gymnastics sets the rules and policies that govern the sport of gymnastics, including selecting and training the U.S. Gymnastics Teams for the Olympics and World Championships; promoting and developing gymnastics on the grassroots and national levels, as well as a safe, empowered, and positive training environment; and serving as a resource and educational center for the more than 200,000 members, clubs, fans and gymnasts throughout the United States. The organization is deeply committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority: the safety and well-being of athletes and our community.
 

About CrashCourse by TeachAids

TeachAids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social venture that creates breakthrough software addressing numerous persistent problems in health education around the world, including HIV/AIDS, concussion, and COVID-19 education. CrashCourse is the second free health education program launched by TeachAids in collaboration with Stanford University, following the global success of its award-winning HIV/AIDS interactive software, which is used in 82 countries around the world. For more information on TeachAids visit TeachAids.org or follow us on Twitter @TeachAids , Facebook @TeachAids , YouTube at TeachAids , and Instagram at @teachaids .

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USTA FULFILLS FUNDING COMMITMENTS TO ENSURE

THE VIABILITY OF TENNIS ECOSYSTEM AMID THE PANDEMIC

 

More than $10 Million in Grants and Services Positively Impacted

Facilities, Tennis Providers and Youth Participants

The USTA announced the results of a series of financial and service-based commitments made at the start of the pandemic in an effort to bolster and support the tennis ecosystem in the United States. These included grants and services to facilities and teaching professionals to help these groups remain viable during this period. In addition, the USTA Foundation focused on a “Rally to Rebuild” campaign which would provide aid to National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Chapters, as well as those youth participating in programming at these chapters, across the nation. 

 

Facility Recovery Grants targeted tennis facilities in need of assistance in reopening following the various periods of shutdown or closing.  In total, $4.5 million was awarded to more than 1,450 facilities across the country. These grants impacted close to 11,000 teaching pros who manage more than 17,500 courts. In addition to the grants, the USTA created recommendations and guidelines for facilities to best ensure tennis was offered in a way that most effectively mitigated risk.

 

Certified Tennis Professional Membership Grants were awarded to ensure that certified tennis professionals will be able to renew their membership fees in 2021, allowing these individuals to maintain liability insurance, remain Safe Play compliant, and continue to have access to educational opportunities. In total, more than 9,500 coaches have been awarded this grant, with $2 million going directly to the USPTA and PTR to cover the dues fees for these professionals.

The USTA Foundation provided a series of grant, scholarship, and aid packages to NJTL Chapters across the country. More than 110 chapters received $3.8 million in direct funding or services, while more than $1 million in clothing and equipment was provided to these organizations. Scholarships for players and college-bound student athletes were given to 100 individuals, totaling $500,000. Technical assistance and direct training was provided by the USTA Foundation, as well, helping chapters to navigate the process of applying for Paycheck Protection Program loans, resulting in more than 65 chapters being awarded nearly $10 million in government support.

 

“The tennis industry, like most industries and areas in this country, was hit incredibly hard by the fallout of COVID-19. The USTA recognized that keeping the tennis ecosystem alive, and putting it in a place to come out of the pandemic in a strong position, was the most important and pressing concern for the association,” said Mike Dowse, CEO and Executive Director, USTA. “Although many in the tennis community did face hardships, by properly and strategically providing financial and technical aid to our key constituents, we were able to effectively help providers, facilities and programs navigate these difficult times and continue to operate and deliver tennis at the local level. Tennis is the ideal social distancing sport, and we are seeing positive trends in the industry that show many individuals are turning to tennis at this time to stay active and healthy.”

 

Recent data and information surrounding racquet sales and participation demonstrate that the tennis industry has shown strength amid the pandemic. According to the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Quarterly USA Wholesale Equipment Census, racquet sales in the entry-level category have seen significant growth in Q3 ’20 v Q3 ’19. The increase has occurred in both the youth and adult demographics, with shipments for youth racquets having seen an increase of 40.9% and shipments of adult racquets under $50 (entry-level) seeing an increase of 43.3%. For all price points, racquet shipments are up 37.7% in that same time period. In addition, the Physical Activity Council has reported that participation has increased to 10.08% of the U.S. population playing tennis in Q3 ’20 v 6.75% in Q3 ’19, an increase of 49.33%.  This number falls in line with the increases in racquet unit shipments.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 655,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking six summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. For more information about the USTA, go to USTA.com or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

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